23 мая 2020 года. Встреча с ЛГБТ-беженцами в AZCs.



Утро началось со сборов и погрузки коробок в машины. Jordan Sowle полностью управлял процессом и проделал большую работу.

Мы приехали в первый лагерь AZC BUDEL, там нас встретили ЛГБТ-беженцы.

Встреча в AZC BUDEL.

Они очень обрадовались и были благодарны за эту помощь. Нам удалось пообщаться с ними и узнать о состоянии их здоровья.

Встреча в AZC BUDEL.

ЛГБТ-беженцы рассказали, что они не могут самостоятельно купить достаточное количество защиты от COVID-19, так как денег очень мало и хватает только на скромную еду.

Мы поехали во второй лагерь в AZC WEERT, там нас встретили сотрудники СОА и ЛГБТ-беженцы, живущие в лагере.

Встреча в AZC WEERT.

Сотрудники СОА вежливо с нами поговорили и поблагодарили за помощь для беженцев. Трудно найти дополнительные деньги на покупку защиты для каждого беженца. ЛГБТ-беженцы стали довольны и благодарили нас.

Далее мы поехали в лагерь AZC ECHT.


В AZC ECHT было трудно встретиться в лагере, к нам вышел один представитель от ЛГБТ-беженцев. Он забрал коробки для всех остальных. К сожалению, мы не смогли сделать фотографию, так как это было не безопасно для беженца.


Jordan Sowle заранее договорился о встрече в каждом лагере. Он взял на себя большую часть работы. Jordan Sowle нашел машины, на которых мы смогли отвезти помощь от COVID-19. Полностью распланировал время встреч. Его профессиональный опыт очень пригодились в нашем проекте.


В дальнейшем мы планируем повторить отправку защиты от COVID-19 в эти лагеря и в новые AZC. Вы можете принять участие в этом отправив любую сумму пожертвования на наши реквизиты указанные ниже.

Ссылка с реквизитами помощи.

Bringing COC COVID-19 care packages to refugees.



The morning began with collecting and loading boxes into cars. Jordan Sowle completely controlled the process and did a great job.

We arrived at the first camp of AZC BUDEL, where LGBT refugees met us.

Meeting at AZC BUDEL.

They were very happy and were grateful for this help. We managed to talk with them and find out about their health status.

Meeting at AZC BUDEL.

LGBT refugees said that they cannot buy enough of the protection against COVID-19 on their own, as there is very little money and only enough for modest food.

We went to the second camp at AZC WEERT, where we were met by COA staff and LGBT refugees living in the camp.

Meeting at AZC WEERT.

The COA staff politely talked to us and thanked for the help for the refugees. It is difficult to find extra money to buy protection for each refugee. LGBT refugees became satisfied and thanked us.

Next we went to the camp AZC ECHT.


It was difficult to meet at the AZC ECHT in the camp, one representative from LGBT refugees came to us. He took the boxes for everyone else. Unfortunately, we were not able to take a photo, as it was not safe for the refugee.


Jordan Sowle agreed in advance to meet at each camp. He took on most of the work. Jordan Sowle found cars where we could get help from COVID-19. Fully planned meeting times. His professional experience was very useful in our project.


In the future, we plan to repeat sending protection from COVID-19 to these camps and to the new AZC. You can take part in this by sending any amount of donation to our details indicated below.

We’re inviting you to make a difference today by donating to the Chechyna Appeal.

COVID-19 Care Package

Netherlands based LGBT-organisations have joined their forces to provide aid packages for refugees at AZCs (centres for asylum seekers), who are facing extra risks because of COVID-19.

Today we formed packages for sending.

The packages were distributed in 3 AZCs: AZC WEERT, AZC ECHT, AZC BUDEL.
We’d like to thank the following organisations:
COC Nederland
COC Eindhoven
Jordan Sowle

Welcome to Chechnya. Official trailer.

From Academy Award-nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson) comes Welcome to Chechnya, a powerful and eye-opening documentary about a group of activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya.

With unfettered access and a commitment to protecting anonymity, this documentary exposes Chechnya’s underreported atrocities while highlighting a group of people who are confronting brutality head-on. The film follows these LGBTQ activists as they work undercover to rescue victims and provide them with safe houses and visa assistance to escape persecution.
Welcome to Chechnya is a Public Square Films production, directed by David France and produced by Alice Henty, Joy A. Tomchin, Askold Kurov and David France. With informational support LGBT World Beside.

Coperight www.hbo.com

May 17.

International Day Against Homophobia, IDAHOBIT.

The term “homophobia” (Homophobia: from the Greek homos – the same and phobos – fear, fear) appeared relatively recently – in 1972. Prior to this, the phenomenon, which today is called homophobia, was a social norm. To refer to the irrational fear of homosexuals, rejection and neglect of members of sexual minorities, the term “homophobia” was first used by the psychiatrist George Weinberg.

The 20th century was, without a doubt, the most homophobic historical period: the deportation of gays to concentration camps under the Nazi regime, the Soviet Gulag, blackmail and persecution in the United States during the McCarthy era … Obviously, all this seems very distant to us. But in many countries, the situation of gays remains exactly that now.

Homosexuality discrimination is observed everywhere: in at least eighty countries homosexuality is prohibited by law, in many countries it is punishable by imprisonment of up to ten years. Sometimes the law provides for life imprisonment. In another dozen countries, the death penalty is applied to homosexuals.

The idea of ​​establishing the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17 was put forward by the French writer and scholar Louis-Georges Ten. The day was not chosen by chance – it was May 17, 1990 that the General Assembly of the World Health Organization excluded homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. Ten expressed the hope that this day will help change for the better the lives of those people who need it most.

International Day Against Homophobia has been officially celebrated since 2003. The recognition of this day poses certain obligations to the international community, which has already come together in the fight against many other forms of discrimination and social violence, but so far in most states it has not provided broad support in the fight for the rights of sex minorities.

The goals of this Day are to counteract any physical, moral and symbolic violence towards people with a different sexual orientation or gender identity; supporting and coordinating all initiatives around the world that help all citizens achieve equal rights; a broader campaign to protect human rights.

For example, in a number of countries that supported the initiative to hold this Day, on May 17 various events and campaigns, campaigns and flash mobs are held related to the International Day against Homophobia and aimed at raising awareness of the planet’s population about the problem of homophobia through the media, as well as promoting bills on equal rights for homosexual and heterosexual persons.

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